About Bryan K. Brown

Bryan Brown helps clients in all aspects of public and private infrastructure and transportation projects, from inception to conclusion. He also represents clients and major waste generators in CERCLA actions and defends them against claims brought under the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA) and other environmental laws. His clients rely on him for his knowledge of environmental law and his ability to navigate complex regulations and litigation to achieve his clients' goals.

Mission-critical environmental advice for infrastructure projects

From working with consultants in conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments and site history investigations to obtaining environmental clearances, Bryan helps get public and private infrastructure and transportation projects off the ground. He works with clients and consultants in the preparation of environmental documents under CEQA and NEPA, including development of project need and purposes, evaluation of project alternative and mitigation measures, preparation of a robust administrative record, shepherding the project through the public comment and approval process, and defending the environmental approvals in court. Once projects are approved, Bryan's practice includes assisting clients obtain all necessary permits under the CWA, CAA, and other federal and state laws.

Bryan represents major waste generators and potentially responsible parties nationwide in multiparty CERCLA and private cost recovery actions both with and without regulatory enforcement components. He also defends clients against citizens' suits and claims brought under the CWA, the CAA and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. He has represented several municipal clients in California and Hawaii in high-profile wastewater collection and treatment system litigation against coalitions of federal and state regulators and environmental groups, and he has negotiated multi decade consent decrees involving wholesale upgrades to municipal infrastructure.

In addition, Bryan has extensive experience handling soil and groundwater contamination enforcement matters before courts and administrative agencies. He provides counsel regarding regulatory and permitting matters, including permits under Sections 401 and 404 of the CWA, and advises clients on due diligence and disclosures in transactions. Bryan has experience conducting hearings before regional and state water quality control boards. A considerable part of Bryan's practice includes assisting clients in preparing environmental impact reports under CEQA.

Bryan's practice also focuses on real estate transactions with a background in affordable housing and community development programs.

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Practice Focus

  • Public and private infrastructure and transportation projects
  • Environmental regulatory counseling
  • CERCLA actions
  • Environmental litigation
  • Regulatory enforcement actions